Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez slams Border Pa­trol in grow­ing feud

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION - By Dave Goldiner

Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez says the Border Pa­trol has gone “rogue.”

Es­ca­lat­ing a feud with the im­mi­gra­tion con­trol agency, the New York Demo­crat blasted of­fi­cers for treat­ing mem­bers of Congress in what she called an “openly dis­re­spect­ful” man­ner dur­ing their tour of an over­crowded border de­ten­tion cen­ter.

“The agency has lost all con­trol of their own of­fi­cers,” she wrote on Twit­ter.

The out­spo­ken critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s hard-line im­mi­gra­tion crack­down also slammed fel­low Democrats for cav­ing to Repub­li­cans on a border emer­gency ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill. The $4.5 bil­lion mea­sure that passed elim­i­nated pro­posed re­quire­ments that Border Pa­trol meets min­i­mum stan­dards and over­sight for con­di­tions in de­ten­tion cen­ters.

“They just wrote a multi-bil­lion dol­lar blank check for mis­con­duct,” she wrote.

White House spokes­woman Kellyanne Con­way fired back at Oca­sio-Cortez, call­ing her visit a “photo op” and deny­ing claims that mi­grants are forced to drink out of toi­lets.

“Ev­ery­body who has con­trol over that fa­cil­ity, or con­trol for the border pa­trol has said that’s not true,” Con­way told Fox News. “They’ve not heard of this.”

CHRIST CHAVEZ/GETTY IM­AGES

Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez (D-NY) is swarmed by the me­dia af­ter tour­ing a Border Pa­trol Fa­cil­ity hous­ing chil­dren on Mon­day in Clint, Texas. Re­ports of in­hu­mane con­di­tions have plagued the fa­cil­ity where mi­grant chil­dren are be­ing held.

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